Customising a Gaming PC for Far Cry 5

We’ve done plenty of Far Cry 5 posts leading up to its launch covering the game-play mechanics, settings and story line so on the eve of its official launch date we’re going to delve in to the hardware requirements as we know a lot of you are customising gaming PCs on our site right now specifically for it!

While Far Cry 5 is a brand new title, we do know quiet a bit about the game engine it’s built on (Crytek) and have had many years of Far Cry PC releases from which to gauge the delivers target graphics settings / performance ratios.

Baring all that in mind along with our extensive research of anecdotal evidence from those who have played it already, these are still just estimates. Estimates we are confident in and definitely should get you in to the ballpark, but as with all PC games, background applications, patches, drivers and your specific hardware, your mileage may vary.

Pre-amble

So for those of you who are not necessarily PC hardware geeks and just want to focus on playing the dam games, there is some basics to cover before we proceed. The key components that effect gaming performance in a PC is the GPU, CPU and RAM (and to a lesser extent, the storage device for load and data streaming time). Now as long as the RAM and CPU don’t bottleneck the GPU (aka Graphics or Video Card) the GPU does all the heavy lifting when it comes to frame rates (the typical unit of measure for gaming performance)

24FPS is considered “playable” if steady but not very desirable. Most gamers target 40+ (ideally around 60FPS) for a truly smooth play-through that doesn’t hit you with any lag or gittering that pulls you out of the experience. This is what our recommendations below will be targeting.

Baseline (1080P / High) Settings

Lets face it, no one wants to play at anything below high settings in a series like franchise where the look and feel of the gorgeous game engine is the center-peace to the entire experience. So we’re not even going to bother with going below ‘high’ presets and trying to figure out the absolute lowest end system you get the game to run on because you wouldn’t be getting the full Far Cry effect.

  • Intel i5 8400 or 7600 / AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
  • 8 – 16GB of DDR4 RAM
  • GTX 1060 6GB

 

Great (1440P / High) or (1080P Max) Settings

The number of pixels on screen greatly impacts the game’s performance so whether you prefer higher effects and rendering settings, or higher resolutions, it’s a trade off either way. 1440P doesn’t sound like much more than 1080P but it’s effectively 70% more dots on the screen for your GPU to render!

  • Intel i5 8600K or 7600K / AMD Ryzen 7 1700
  • 16GB of DDR4 RAM
  • GTX 1070 OC 8GB

 

Great (4K / High) or (1440P Max) Settings

4K is extraordinarily demanding (4x more than 1080P) and even though we are pretty confident you can pull it off at 40-60FPS at high settings with the configuration below (namely the GTX 1080 TI) you may have to tweak a few of the graphics settings to avoid any nasty FPS dips when the proverbial shit hits the fan and explosions, fire and mayhem fill the screen.

  • Intel i5 8600K or 7600K / AMD Ryzen 7 1700
  • 16GB of DDR4 RAM
  • GTX 1080 TI 11GB

 

In Conclusion.

It’s still very early so we will be updating this post and the above specs if any of it’s slightly out of line once we’ve had the chance to test it out ourselves. That being said, all the early benchmarks and reviews indicate we were pretty accurate in our estimations and we err’ed on the safe side so as to not disappoint.  If you have any further questions or need any assistance at all in customizing your next gaming PC don’t hesitate to reach out to us at any time via our contact page and we will get back to you ASAP. In the meantime, why not head over to our custom PC store page and apply some of what you’ve just learned!

 

Update (Reviews).

As the clock strikes midnight in regions around the world, reviews at hitting the internet and we are very happy to see a lot of 8s and 9s out of 10 from the likes of major review sites like IGN, Gamespot, AusGamers and CG Magazine. Bare in mind reviews are subjective so if your not a Far Cry forumula fan, this might not change your mind, but for those who are… well it’s looking like a no-brainer!

Burnout Paradise Remastered [Later this year]

We don’t usually post about games that were released 10 years ago, buuuut had to make an exception when Electronic Arts announced that Burnout Paradise would be getting a remastered release for current-gen consoles, followed by a PC release later this year, all in (up to) glorious 4K graphics.

It could be better news, it could be a new Burnout title entirely, but I’m sure many nostalgic gamers will welcome a straight up remastering that cannot be held victim to any butchering, and just promise some quality gameplay and a walk down memory lane. Speaking of, screenPLAY did their thoughts on the announcement over on YouTube, as well as some other discussions of games being remastered or re-imagined…

The game will reportedly include all the DLC from the original title.

Wallets wide open,
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Battlefield 1: Apocalypse [Out Now]

16 months after it’s original release back in October of 2016, Battlefield 1 is still getting fresh content and it’s not just hats and horse armor! Still one of the best looking FPS titles available with frequent updates and huge community of active players, the Apocalypse expansion contains 5 new maps, 7 new weapons, new aircraft, new gadgets, new assignments, new unlocks and an entirely new game mode.

Free for premium pass owners, which if you are at all a Battlefield fan is well worth the money at this point with a huge array of great content and at as of right now is on sale for only $18 over on Origin.

New maps include the iconic Belgium countryside battle of Passchendaele, the mountains of what was once Austria-Hungary (now Slovenia) at the battle of Caporetto and the shores of the River Somme in northern France.

The entirely new game mode of Air Assault comes with two maps of it’s own. One that takes place of the skies of London and another over snowy mountainous peaks called Razors Edge. This game mode probably won’t be for everyone, the aircraft controls can be tricky at the best of times and it’s a big departure from how the game plays out on the ground but for a percentage of Battlefield fans it’s sure to be exactly what they are looking for.

If you’ve been meaning to jump in to Battlefield 1 but still haven’t got around to it, there’s never been a better time. If your old gaming PC is struggling to keep up or you always wonder what your missing out on by not being able to crank all the visual settings up to max? Maybe it’s time you looked in to a new gaming PC? 100% fully custom options are available now at evatech.com.au and for Battlefield 1 at high settings / 1080P we would recommend an i5, GTX 1070 TI and 16GB of RAM. If you want to go all out at 1440P or 4K, you can stick with 16GB of RAM still but 1080TI will be your best bet for the best possible frame rates.

Have a question or need some assistance, just hit the contact button on our store site at any time and drop us a line! We’re always happy to help.

Lunar New Year Steam Sale [Starts 15/02]

Brace your wallets, the rumor of the next big steam sale being only a week away is all but confirmed with various tweets and forum posts from indie developers and insiders flooding the internet! If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard of Steam sales before, you can expect 50-75% or sometimes even higher on a huge range of games (usually less on brand new releases and pre-orders, of course).

If there is a game from 2017 that you missed and really wish you had a chance to play, nows the time to go in to steam and add it your wishlist so you can get notified when that big fat discount hits!

Dates : 15th to the 19th (don’t forget the US time difference)

A couple of great games to watch out for if you missed them, at least in our opintion,

  • Wolfenstein II
  • The Witcher 3
  • Stardew Valley
  • Ghost Recon Wildlands
  • CupHead
  • Middle Earth : Shadows of War
  • Assassins Creed Origins

Don’t forget, order your next custom gaming PC by the 14th of February and you could get free Steam gift cards ! Checkout our promo page for details linked here. #GamersFirst

A Look at the Year Ahead in PC Gaming [2018]

Crackdown 3 Terry Crews

So it’s getting close to that time of year where the first big releases drop and you start to look at your old gaming PC and wonder, is it time? Do wait a little longer or do I bite the bullet and just get it now? Well, lets see if any of the up coming releases are enough to tempt you.

Although a lot of the titles that will be landing in Q4 this year may have not been officially announced, there is still plenty look forward to that we already know about. Far too many to cover in a single article but we’ve polled the team and chosen a few of our most anticipated games of 2018.

Despite a few of the trailers being plastered with XBOX logos by Microsoft marketing departments, these games are definitely coming to PC and in most cases the PC version will be the flag-ship, lead platform and definitive edition.

Metal Gear : Survive

What is it : After a 30 year run, this is the first installment since Kojima (the series creator) has stepped down from his own studio. Survive is set (at least partially) between the events of Ground Zero and Phantom Pain and doesn’t feature the series main protagonist (Snake) at all! Instead this time around custom characters fight for survival after being sucked in to a wormhole and landing in an alternate universe full of, yep, you guessed it. Zombies.

Why it could be awesome one you wait for reviews of first : Rumors have it even single player contains micro-transactions and requires and ‘always online’ DRM requirement. That plus it’s the first Metal Gear game without the oversight or direction of Hideo Kojima, so it’s not necessarily an instant winner even for the most die-hard fans of the franchise.

When? February 20th

Far Cry 5

What is it : Running on the latest version of the always beautiful Crytek game engine, the 5th installment in the main franchise is set in back country Montana pitting religious cults, anti-government separatists and the locals against each other with plenty of bullets, explosions, fire and deadly wildlife the serious is known for.

Why it could be awesome : A pretty good franchise track record, a massive budget, a game engine that can look absolutely stunning when executed right and plenty of game-play trailers floating around that look like the developers might have done just that. If your a Far Cry fan and have been putting off upgrading your old gaming PC, this might be the game that pushes you over the edge. You’re going to want to crank the settings up to high on this one to get the full effect.

When? March 27th

Crackdown 3

What is it : Featuring the voice of Terry Crews as a playable character, this sci-fi over the top GTA’esc open world action game features a single player  campaign, co-op and competitive multiplayer modes and a boasts a fully destructible city.

Why it could be awesome : For those who know and love the Crackdown series, it looks like more of the same, dialed up to 11, a little Terry Crews, more destruction and mayhem and actually getting a day 1 PC release!

When? TBD Q2 2018 (Delayed from November 2017)

Age of Empires 4

What is it : A long (loooooooong) awaiting installment in the franchise with fans waiting since the launch of the 3rd game in 2005. Real time strategy games are few and far between these days which is a real shame of those of us who love them and it’s sufficed to say anyone who does is really looking forward to this one.

Why it could be awesome : Hopefully staying true to it’s roots and not straying too far the core mechanics that made AOE3 such a classic, this one is being developed by Relic. You may know these guys as the developers behind Dawn of War and Company of Heroes which is arguably two of the best RTS franchises of recent memory (although granted there isn’t many to choose from).

When? TBD 2018

Anthem

What is it : A fantasy sci fi open world action shooter with RPG elements reminiscent of the Destiny games. Not too else much is known about the game at this stage aside from a trailer released last year but it’s enough to give you an idea of the look and feel the developers are going for.

Why it could be awesome : Developing it is the same Bioware team that is responsible for the Mass Effect, Dragon Age and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic games.

When? TBD Q3 2018

Jurassic World Evolution

What is it : Imagine a theme park tycoon game with a it’s core mechanic being essentially a business simulator as you adjust ticket prices, build attractions and make sure your gift shop is placed right at exit. Now add giant murderous dinosaurs and a chance that if you mess up, your main attractions could violently murder all your customers.

Why it could be awesome : Who better to develop a game like this than the team behind RollerCoaster Tycoon. We can rest assured at the very least the theme park sim mechanics will be pretty sound. Let’s just hope they get the murderous dinosaur violence right too.

When? Q3 2018

 

The Crew 2

What is it : Something for you racing fans to be excited for, this time around with boats and planes! The trailers set a high bar, lets hope Ubisoft can live up to the hype they are building and that it’s not packed full of micro-transactions.

Why it could be awesome : The developers are ex Eden Games who worked on Need for Speed, Test Drive Unlimited, the original The Crew and V-Rally so their qualifications check out. Visuals look great and if they don’t mess up the core mechanics or force those of us who just want to stick to the cars and bikes to have to grind through boat or plane races to progress, it should be a winner.

When? Q2-Q3 2018

 

 

Honorable Mentions

Not too much is known about these titles, some don’t have solid release dates or even release windows to expect but they are all due sometime this year.

  • Dead Island 2
  • Quake Champions
  • Unreal Tournament
  • Metro Exodus
  • State of Decay 2
  • Dark Souls Remastered
  • System Shock 3 (Maybe)
  • Monster Hunter : World
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Vampyr

Final Note

There are so many more titles than we mentioned here in this article, and probably a few absolute gems too. We just wanted to highlight a few of the ones on our own radar for anyone who hasn’t already in the know.

So is it time for a new custom gaming PC?

In case you haven’t guessed, that’s what we do around here, and we do it dam well.  If your gaming PC just ins’t holding up and you want to be ready to go the moment your most anticipated game of 2018 hits, head on over to our store page ( evatech.com.au ) and check out our custom PC builder. Your just a few clicks away from getting a brand new, fully custom rig built to order and delivered to your door by Australia’s #1 gaming PC retailer.

Windows patches CPU bug, gaming performance unaffected

News has been circulating about a processor (CPU) bug with all Intel chips released in the last ~10 years which requires an operating system level fix. There is a disclosure from Google which indicates AMD processors are also affected by this, despite AMD previously saying they are not impacted.

Early reports suggest if the exploit is taken advantage of by a malicious party, they could gain complete control of your system – this is purely speculative and absolute worst case – there is so far no evidence of this being exploited in the wild so far.

The patch required to fix this can cause an impact on performance. It will slow down “syscalls” (function calls where the program talks directly to the operating system). This includes everything from opening files to communicating over the network; it’s virtually impossible to write a program without it. Performance impact will vary between applications; programs that don’t make as many syscalls may be mostly unchanged or unnoticeable. Although there’s a lot of uncertainty, rumours, and secrecy involved (to ensure the information doesn’t get into the wrong hands before adequate steps have been made to keep us all safeguarded first): we have some benchmarks.

The fix released for Linux with an i7 6700 calling the getpid syscall 100,000,000 (one-hundred million) times:
Before the patch: ~3.8 seconds
After the patch: ~15 seconds

Gaming performance however is a completely different ballpark – because games doesn’t need to interact with the OS directly nearly as often (if at all) as gaming benchmarks (below) have proven.

Testing conducted on Linux with a Intel i7 8700K and Radeon RX Vega 64 (thanks to Michael Larabel @ phoronix)

It is imperative that you do allow the Windows updater to run in order to protect yourself from being compromised.

It’s important to note that Intel has stated any performance impacts are entirely workload-dependant (as our research also implies) and that for the average computer user, should not be significant, and that it will also be mitigated over time by further OS updates.

As for our customers, apart from ensuring their Windows updates are turned on and they let it complete, gaming should be largely unaffected, so, happy continued gaming!

Goodbye 2017… Hello 2018!

The year sure blew by here at Evatech HQ, we had a lot going on to keep us all busy.

Almost as soon as we started back in January, we had Intel’s 7th Gen CPUs launch; Kaby Lake. This also saw the introduction of Z270, H270, and B250 series motherboards. Previous series Z170, H170, B150, and H110 motherboards were able to take a BIOS update to cope with the 7th Gen CPUs, but were mostly replaced once the new stock had become abundantly available.

By late February we had added AMD’s comeback to CPUs and motherboards after their previous release which was back in 2011. Ryzen has had quite a few issues since its launch, and Evatech still advises against Ryzen for all our customers. We also released our own warranty service, dropping support of National Warranty Services (NWS) in order to give Evatech ultimate control of the quality of work carried out on our customers’ PCs.

In March we saw Nvidia launch the highly anticipated GTX 1080 TI graphics card, which is still the best gaming graphics card you can buy today. Ryzen also released their lower-end CPUs. Evatech officially picked up InWin cases. While not the easiest or most conventional to build in, they do have an undeniable pleasing look to them once completed.

April. What can I say? We kept our heads down and got work done.

Skipping ahead to May, we got a look at RGB RAM done very, very right, with GSkill’s DDR4 Trident Z RGB RAM.

In June, we launched our Zurich workstation PC which has proved to be very popular amongst businesses and individuals who spend most of their time working in 3D design applications and the likes. A few weeks after the success of the Zurich, we added our Stealth PC, which offers home users the ability to go further than our original Everest PC in terms of performance, and is also focused on quiet operation. As if this wasn’t enough, Intel also launched their X299 series of motherboards, to replace the X99 series. With this of course, a new range of CPUs, for the first time ever going up to an i9 CPU, instead of the previous highest end i7 CPU.

In early July we were finally able to announce that we had been working with Channel 7’s hit new TV show focused on PC/console gaming; screenPLAY. screenPLAY airs on 7mate, and was recently moved from a Thursday 10pm time-slot to Thursday 7:30pm. The show is hosted by faces that should be familiar to most gamers or game enthusiasts: Stephanie Bendixsen (@hexsteph), Nich Richardson (@nichboy), and Miles Ross (@MilesTheRoss). Evatech supplied screenPLAY with the PCs they use to game on, record the gameplay, as well as edit and process the video footage for the TV show that is then aired on YouTube and/or TV! We also provided the gaming chairs you will see the hosts sitting on.

With August we started to get a taste for Bitcoin’s ability to influence PC hardware availability and pricing. Bitcoin’s price started to surge, and crypto-currency miners all over the globe started to buy up Evatech’s favourite GPUs: GTX 1060, GTX 1070, GTX 1080, and GTX 1080 TI. We turned away requests to building mining rigs, or customers who were obviously after graphics cards for mining purposes as we are all about gaming. We experienced some delays while we struggled to get our hands on top-tier graphics cards for our customers, but still managed to get PCs out on time for our gaming customers.

September started off with a bang as Deakin University placed an order for five X299 PCs, each of them identical: liquid cooled i9 7900X, 128GB DDR4 RAM, 4x liquid cooled GTX 1080 TI, a 2TB SSD, 8TB HDD, 1500w PSU, and sleeved PSU cables. After receiving the five PCs, they fairly promptly ordered another four of the same system for another campus. Oh yeah, each system was valued at over $14,000. Evatech single-handedly wiped out Australia’s stock of liquid cooled GTX 1080 TIs, meaning we had to bring in many units from the US to build the PCs in time. It was around this time that the crypto-currency mining had taken its toll on RAM availability and pricing, unfortunately.

Deakin’s second order of expensive PCs brought us into October, which also saw the new Quadro series of graphics cards added to our workstation PCs. Nvidia also released their GTX 1070 TI graphics card, which hasn’t seemed too popular just yet. We also loaned a gaming PC to screenPLAY to use at PAX in Melbourne (since they film in Sydney). Later in the month, we were introduced to Intel’s 8th Gen CPUs; Coffee Lake. Availability of Coffee Lake was next to non-existent however, and Evatech’s website didn’t begin offering Coffee Lake powered custom PCs until later the next month… What’s the next month?!

November! We were finally able to list Coffee Lake in our Valkyrie X custom PC. Kaby Lake is still offered in our Valkyrie system, along-side Coffee Lake, probably for the next 6 months or so until Intel finishes the 8th Gen release entirely. So far, we’ve only got Intel’s Z370 series of motherboards, with the rest to follow in the first half of next year (rumoured).

With our workload really ramping up in November, December had started and we hadn’t even realised it for the first week. Apart from getting PCs out to customers all over Australia in time for Christmas and the summer school holidays, we had a lot to be thankful for: coming to the end of our best year yet. Due to being a relatively new company in this space, we’ve only just really started to see return customers in a big way this year. With their old systems just not able to keep up with the ever-demanding new game releases. We’re happy to see happy customers come back for more of the Evatech experience.

We have a lot of people to thank, starting with you; the customers. Without you, we simply wouldn’t be able to work in such a challenging and rewarding space, being able to bring dreams to reality for those who know what they want and those who are unsure but don’t want to be ripped off or mislead.

Next goes to our hard-working staff; management, purchasing, accounting, technicians, support, and sales. All working together seamlessly to maintain our high customer satisfaction levels.

Finally to all our partners; distributors, brands, and couriers. Without any of these, we’d have nothing. And let’s not forget our happy friends over at screenPLAY! We’ve thoroughly enjoyed sponsoring the show, as well as prizes to happy viewers of the show.

Thank you to all who have been a part of our journey so far, we sincerely look forward to working with all of you in the new year, and also aspire to please the newcomers in 2018.

Look for us in the new year – we’re here to stay, but might have a new look…

Hope you and your loved ones have very happy and safe Christmas & New Years celebrations.

[Expired] Custom PC Holiday Sale Now On!

Order a new custom PC before midnight new years eve this holiday season at Evatech and get way more BANG-4-YOUR-$$$! 

  • Free express assembly
  • Free delivery
  • A ton of component discounts

+ if all that wasn’t enough, enter code ‘CERBERUS’ at checkout and get a free Asus Cerberus Gaming Mouse worth $45!

Get your order in fast for your best chance at pre-christmas delivery!

If you miss out, don’t worry, deliveries will continue between Christmas and New Years.

So what are you waiting for? Jump in and start customing your next gaming, home or office PC today! Click here to get started.

Need some expert advise, shoot us an email via the contact page of our online store.

Terms & Conditions.

  • Order must be placed between 6PM 4/12/17 and midnight 31/12/17.
  • Order must contain a custom PC.
  • Offer not valid in conjunction with other promotional / discount offers.
  • Free gaming mouse is offered strictly while stocks last, 1 per customer.

 

[UPDATED] Pre-Christmas Delivery Cut Off Dates for Custom PC Orders – 2017

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UPDATE : CUSTOM PC PICK UP ORDER DEADLINE EXTENDED!

Order before midnight this Sunday (17/12) and it will be ready for pick up no later than Friday (our last business day before the Christmas break!)

Our store is located at 1/382 Huntingdale Road, Oakleigh South 3167 VIC and will be open until 6PM Friday 22/12/17.

It’s that time of year again and if you were considering a brand new custom gaming PC for yourself or a loved one this Christmas, now’s the time to pull the trigger!

Our tech team are hard at work 7 days a week cranking out every order we possibly can but during peak times of year link this, the turn around time can be several days longer than usual. To guarantee pre-Christmas delivery, the sooner you get an order in the better!

So when is the delivery order cut off dates?

While the below cut of dates given are not a guarantee, they are conservative approximations made in good faith. Courier delays are rare but can occur on occasion, especially in such a business time year for deliveries. Please bare this in mind when placing your order.

  • Canberra, Gold Coast & Brisbane Metro – 05/12
  • Adelaide & Sydney Metro – 07/12
  • Melbourne Metro – 12/12
  • Perth, Darwin, and smaller metropolitan cities and towns are encouraged to place their order before the end of November. Delivery may still be possible for later orders but it’s hard to guarantee.

So I can’t order after the cut off date?

Of course you can! Just be prepared that it might not arrive before Christmas. While we make every effort to get all orders dispatched ASAP, each system is meticulously assembled by hand and rigorously burn in tested prior to dispatch.  Deliveries will continue to occur between Christmas and New Years baring public holidays.

Do you guys have any PCs in stock we can simply walk in and buy in the store?

We do but they are selling fast! Check out our home page at www.evatech.com.au to see whats available.

I don’t know anything about PCs, can you help me with a recommendation?

That’s what we are here for! Just give a call, drop in to the store or shoot us an email via the contact page on our store site here.

 

So what are you waiting for? Click here to head on over to our store page now and start shopping!

[EXPIRED] Halloween Special: The Evil Within 2 Free with your next gaming PC

Although Halloween isn’t traditionally an Australian holiday, it’s undeniably growing every year, and when it’s an excuse to watch horror movies and eat candy, what’s not to love? This run up to Halloween we’ve decided to track down arguably the best horror game released this year and give it away free with custom gaming PCs.

With a censuses around the internet from some of the biggest review outlets online, the The Evil Within 2 is one of the best suspense horror games of the generation. PC Gamer calls it ‘Genuinely Terrifying’, Gamespot.com calls it ‘Hauntingly Macabre’  and IGN ‘Intense and Exhilarating!’

“One of our favorite horror games of the year”
9/10 – Polygon

“An intense and exhilarating survival horror experience”
8/10 – IGN

“A bold, bloody evolution”
8/10 – PCGamesN

If that’s not convincing enough, checkout the IGN video review below.

To get started customizing a gaming PC for The Evil Within 2 click here.

Terms & Conditions

Until midnight Tuesday, any custom gaming PC powered by a GTX 1060 6G or higher and any i5 CPU or higher is eligible to redeem a free digital copy of The Evil Within 2 by entering voucher code ‘evil’ at checkout.

The PC must already be in your cart for the code to activate, orders must be placed prior to midnight 31/10/2017.

Game requires a Steam account and an internet connection to redeem, download and play.

Note : Due to the age rating of the game, this offer is only for customers 18 years of age or older. Game codes will not be sent to customers who purchase using an account registered to a person under 18.